ELC 3.5 NOTICE OF DISCIPLINE (a) Notice to Supreme Court. The counsel to the Board must provide the Supreme Court with: (1) a copy of any decision imposing a disciplinary sanction when that decision becomes final; (2) a copy of any admonition, together with the order issuing the admonition, when the admonition is accepted or otherwise becomes final; and (3) a copy of any resignation in lieu of disbarment. (b) Other Notices. The counsel to the Board must also notify the following entities of the imposition of a disciplinary sanction or admonition, a resignation in lieu of disbarment, or the filing of a statement of concern under rule 3.4(f) as follows, in such form as may appear appropriate: (1) the lawyer discipline authority or highest court in any jurisdiction where the lawyer is believed to be admitted to practice; (2) the chief judge of each federal district court in Washington State and the chief judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit; (3) the National Discipline Data Bank; and (4) the Washington State Bar News. (c) Preparation of Bar News Notice. The counsel to the Board has discretion in drafting notices for publication in the Washington State Bar News, and should include sufficient information to adequately inform the public and the members of the Association about the misconduct found, the rules violated and the disciplinary action imposed. All notices should include the respondent lawyer’s name, bar number, date of admission, the time frame of the misconduct, the rules violated, and the disciplinary action. The counsel to the Board must serve a copy of the draft notice on respondent and disciplinary counsel under rule 4.1 and review any comments filed with the counsel to the Board within five days of service, but counsel to the Board’s decision about the content of the notice is not subject to further review. (d) Notices of Suspension, Disbarment, Resignation in Lieu of Disbarment, or Disability Inactive Status. The Association must publish a notice of the disbarment, suspension, resignation in lieu of disbarment, or transfer to disability inactive status of a lawyer in the Washington State Bar News and electronic or other index or site maintained by the Association for public information. The Association must provide copies of these notices to the news media in a manner designed to notify the public in the county or region where the lawyer has maintained a practice. For a transfer to disability inactive status, no reference may be made to the specific disability. (e) Notice to Judges. The Association must promptly notify the presiding judge of the superior court of the county in which the lawyer maintained a practice of the lawyer's disbarment, suspension, resignation in lieu of disbarment, or transfer to disability inactive status, and may similarly notify the presiding judge of any district court located in the county where the lawyer practiced, or the judge of any other court in which the lawyer may have practiced or is known to have practiced. [Adopted effective October 1, 2002.]
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